Anime Openings and Endings: Our Top Eight
Anime enthusiasts everywhere know that the experience is never complete without music. How many times have you caught yourself not raving over opening and ending songs of your favourite anime? Well, in recognition of those who bring joy to our ears, here are eight of our picks that you wouldn’t want to miss!
8) Hanasaku Iroha Ending 2 – “Hazy” by Sphere
A beautiful anime should have beautiful music, and Sphere delivers it perfectly with this sweet song of dreams and hope. Accompanied with the orange glow of sunset, this ending captures the very essence of Hanasaku Iroha. Let it take you along for the ride towards a new tomorrow!
7) Natsume Yuujinchou Opening 1 – “Issei no Sei” by Kita Shuuhei
Just one of many great songs in this series’ soundtrack, Issei no Sei is easy on the ears, and yet just as meaningful. Singing about weakness and pain, strength and companionship can get a tear in anyone’s eye, but the sadness hidden in this song doesn’t make it any less pretty.
6) Hetalia Axis Powers Ending – “Marukaite Chikyuu” by various voice actors
Fans of seiyuus, look no further. In this series, each country is personified, and all these voice actors get to sing their own version of the ending. It starts with Italy, then Germany, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom… To date, there are at least eighteen versions, not counting the fan-made ones in other languages. If you also happen to be a history buff, you’ll be singing along in no time.
5) Nodame Cantabile Opening – “Allegro Cantabile Sound” by SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH
Knowing that this is an anime about music might create higher expectations towards the soundtrack, but that is precisely the strength of Nodame Cantabile. This whimsical and lively opening may be a pleasant surprise for those who imagined something more obscure or classical. And if you listen carefully, there’s a piano in the background (of course).
4) Blood+ Opening 3 – “Colors of the Heart” by UVERworld
It’s not uncommon to hear of successful bands that first made waves in the anime scene, and UVERworld is unmistakably one of them. Colors of the Heart is just one of their many great contributions to anime, making for a gripping but strangely comfortable rock opening to the grim violence of Blood+.
3) Crow – “CROW’s SKY” by Kita Shuuhei
Once again, Kita Shuuhei takes the opening for… Wait, what?
Those in the loop will quickly realise that Crow isn’t a real anime – it’s an in-world anime from Bakuman 2, a real series that’s all about the cut-throat world of manga… Confusing? Well, this little piece of genius came about in Episode 9 where Niizuma Eiji’s manga Crow was adapted into an anime, which just goes to show that fiction in fiction can be awesome.
2) Cowboy Bebop Opening – “Tank!” by The Seatbelts
An opening without words? Yes, it works, and almost too well. This unconventional offering from the Seatbelts showcases their jazz instrumentals in style, which go hand in hand with the dark silhouettes and gritty images of the opening. It’s so different that it’s nearly unrecognisable as anime, but we’re sure you’ll find this a refreshing change.
1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Opening 1 – “Again” by Yui
For many, this opening marked the moment when it all came together. With a rousing melody and lyrics that cut to the bone, Yui brought a whole generation of thankful anime fans into the much-anticipated upgrade of Fullmetal Alchemist. Whether it’s the delicate emotional scenes or the fast-paced action, “Again” fits the bill for something deeply heartfelt and never far from danger.